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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:13 p.m.
 

Hopwood will kick off the holiday season on Friday with a special celebration that starts at 5:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Hopwood Villagers.

“Everyone will gather at the volunteer fire department, then walk down to where the tree will be lit,” said Elaine Frantz, Hopwood Villager member and event coordinator.

The large live tree will be located in a parklet area at the corner of Route 40 and Hopwood/Fairchance Road.

Participants will sing Christmas carols and Santa Claus will arrive in a Hopwood fire truck to meet the children.

The evening will include fun activities for children and adults alike.

“We will be making some little crafts,” Frantz said. “We will be making little bird feeder crafts where they take pine cones, cover them in peanut butter then roll them in birdseed.”

Frantz said participants will also decorate and sign Christmas cards that will be given to disabled veterans in local veterans hospital facilities.

“We looked for local troops that are oversees but then someone suggested the veterans in Oakland,” Frantz said. “People liked the idea so much that we had enough cards donated and we didn't even have to purchase any.”

Organizers will hold a food collection of non-perishable items that will be distributed to families in need in the area.

“We want to collect canned goods to help the area food pantry,” Frantz said. A pantry is located in the Hopwood Free Methodist Church. “All of the food that we collect will then be given to families in the Hopwood area and in our community.”

Frantz hopes to see the community turn out.

“I hope that we see the community and families in the community come out and celebrate the joy of Christmas with us,” Frantz said. “I think it will be nice for parents to show their children the spirit of giving to others who may not be as fortunate. This event will bring a nice sense of community.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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